13 tracks I’ve enjoyed in 2010

It’s that time of year.

Iains playlist reminded me to dig out some records I’ve enjoyed this year.

There’s some great stuff in here from Diamond Messages, CFCF, Clubroot, We & Lisa, Mayer Hawthorne, LCD Soundsystem, Ellen Allieen, Chew Lips, Dominik Eulberg, Chamboche, Angela K, Moby and Fyfe Dangerfield. And remixes by Classix, Monarchy and Paul Kalkbrenner.

Here’s the Spotify link:

Here’s Iains 10 from 2010 (which he cunningly expanded to 20):


Fun with the new Facebook Profile layout

Everybody’s been talking about this.

And now you can create your own with this webapp.

But we’ve been creating alphabet photo galleries, so you can tag your friends and do this.

Childish but BLOODY funny.


This is smart too.

2010: A Year in Trends

YouTube Rewind 2010: The Year in Review.

YouTube have also launched Trends: a daily zeitgeist of YouTube.

Google Zeitgeist 2010

Twitter 2010 Trends

Facebook 2010 Memology: Top Status Trends of the Year

2011 trend predictions

I was asked to write a few words about 2011 for Marketing Magazine and Figaro Magazine. They’re bound to be wrong but here they are. The trends below are not new trends, but current trends that will become a lot more prevalent next year. No laughing at the back.

2011 will see the increased socialisation of media. TV and other mainstream media will continue to drive search and social activity. Facebook will continue to wow and frustrate. Google will hook up their services with a new social layer. Everything kicks off and brands become more fragmented.

Customers will continue to become more involved in creation as brands talk to them about what they really want and expect. Brand relationships become a form of self-expression.

There’ll be the return of campaign hubs using social plug-ins on a larger canvas with creative code as we tire of Facebook restrictions. Display advertising makes a comeback as Google gets behind it again. Facebook enters the same market. Display ads become bookmarkable and brands offer rewards and discounts for online or offline purchase.

In 2011, location matters. Brands must use digital to get smart about coupons, redemption, price check and group buying. Mobile web will also take off as we become weary of developing for multiple platforms and suffer app fatigue. HTML5 is our friend.

The ‘internet of things’ – in which the ordinary objects we encounter everyday are hooked up to the net – means channel thinking gets mixed up. Products, which can be photographed / scanned via your phone, let people ‘like’ them. Real and digital collide.

Installations and events will also take off. Chris Vernon of Saatchi & Saatchi thinks, “As cuts consume publicly funded art projects, there is great scope for advertisers to become patrons of the arts during the age of austerity” but it’ll be creative thinking rather than the latest technology that cuts through.

200 Countries, 200 Years, 120,000 Numbers – in 4 Minutes

Hans Rosling’s famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport’s commentator’s style to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development.

Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before for the BBC – using augmented reality. In this section of ‘The Joy of Stats‘ he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes.

2000+ year old computer. Recreated with Lego

The Antikythera Mechanism is the oldest known scientific computer, built in Greece at around 100 BCE.

Lost for 2000 years, it was recovered from a shipwreck in 1901. But not until a century later was its purpose understood: an astronomical clock that determines the positions of celestial bodies with extraordinary precision.

In 2010, this fully-functional replica was built out of Lego by an Apple Engineer.

Read more about it here.


Wile E. Coyote vs Road Runner

Wiley Vs. Rhodes from ApachePictures on Vimeo.

A live action version of the classic Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon characters Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.

Originally created by animation director Chuck Jones in 1948 for Warner Bros., this film was shot on location in Moab, Utah by Apache Pictures and created using the Canon 5D MkII, Zeiss Prime Lenses, SoftImageXSI and After Effects.

Meep, Meep.